Author Feature: Holly Bennett

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In Casting Lily, fourteen-year-old Ava is thrilled when she lands a part in a play based on the true story of orphans sent to Canada in the 1800s to work on farms. But is she good enough to hold her own in a professional production? As the rehearsal pressures crank up, Ava struggles with her character, with the vocal demands of outdoor theater and with the annoying ego of her castmate Kiefer. But as she learns more about the historical Lily on which her part is based, things begin to fall into place. Then one […]






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A Leap of Faith

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The following post is written by Trudee Romanek, author of Raising the Stakes. Ever thought about performing improv? Standing in front of an eager crowd with no script, no back-up music—nothing but your wits? I’ve had heart-thumping nightmares that were less stress-inducing. I love watching improv but figured I could never perform it. Coming up with stuff off the top of your head is the opposite of what I do as a fiction writer. See, I love control. I research and plan endlessly, creating a timeframe, an outline, character sketches, and so on. And once […]






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Author Feature: Cristy Watson

On Cue by Cristy Watson

#TuesdayTalk with Cristy Watson. Her novel, On Cue, is on shelves now! Tell us about your book. On Cue is a story about balancing dreams with responsibility. Randi wants to be an actress, but her drama class at school is cancelled. She and her classmates rally to have the class taught as an extra-curricular activity, which causes problems for Randi, since she has to watch her brother, Toby, after school. What was the catalyst for your story? A few things helped this story come together. I watched a class of grade five and six students […]






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Author Feature: Patricia McCowan

Upstaged by Patricia McCowen

#Tuesdaytalk with Patricia McCowan. Her book, Upstaged, is on shelves now. Tell us about your book. Ellie has been used to lead roles in her small-town school’s musicals, but that changes when her dad’s job takes them to a big city. When Ellie gets into the Youth Works Theater Company, she finds herself in competition with a tight-knit group of triple-threat performers. Out of her depth and far from all she’s known, Ellie has to learn what to do to stop feeling upstaged by everyone around her. What was the catalyst for your story? My […]






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Step into the limelight with Orca’s new performing arts series!

Orca Limelights

Orca’s brand new performing arts series, Orca Limelights, launches this October with three exciting new titles: Attitude by Robin Stevenson, Cut the Lights by Karen Krossing, and Totally Unrelated by Tom Ryan. You can visit the Limelights website to watch a series trailer, read more about the upcoming books, and see what’s in store for future seasons. While you’re waiting for these three fabulous books to come out, why not check out these great blog posts from Limelights authors! Robin Stevenson, Karen Krossing and Tom Ryan have each interviewed each other about their upcoming books […]






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